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Ramblers commemorate 50th anniversary with book

Diane Inglis

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MarpleMarple District Rambling Club50 years of memorable walksDisleyLantern PikeChris WaltersFred Ogden

Marple District Rambling Club has found a special way to commemorate its 50th anniversary in the form of a book of walks.

Entitled 50 years of memorable walks, the booklet is priced at £4.99 and is on sale at two local outlets, The Bookshop on Stockport Road, Marple, and Trek N Travel on Market Street.

Featuring 16 walks written by club members, there is something for all ages and abilities. Local walks take in some stunning local scenery around Disley, Cown Edge rocks and Lantern Pike, while others go further afield to some of the most scenic parts of the Peak District from Eyam and Offerton Moor to Derwent and Ladybower reservoir.

The routes are extremely well described with good detail and also offer photographs to illustrate points of interest along the way but it is recommended that walkers use a map to ensure they fully understand the directions.

The book has been compiled by former chairman Barry Wilson, and committee member Michael Bradbury and his wife Margaret who assisted greatly with proof reading and checking that the details of the walks were correct.

It has already been distributed to the club’s 350 members and the feedback so far has been good, with congratulations coming from as far afield as Australia, where the club’s 1980s walks secretary, David Moore, now lives.

Barry explained: “The club has created a very strong membership over the years, through offering a huge programme of different walks, holidays and social events. 

“Members have always been encouraged to lead walks  which has helped to provide a range of routes and styles of leadership and we have strong support from our current members and former members including David, who met his wife at the club, and then emigrated to Adelaide,” he said.

Michael, who has himself been a member for many years, carried on the story: “Good friendships have been built over the years and we still have members who have been involved since the early days, including Chris Walters and Fred Ogden, amongst others.

“The book has been a two year project, persuading members to write down their favourite walks which is not as easy as it sounds, but gives a nice cross-section of favourite rambles in Greater Manchester, the Peak District and Cheshire.

“We even featured contributions from former members, including Paul Rice, who died in 2013, but felt that it was important that his walk around the Upper Goyt Valley and Wildboarclough, first documented by him in 1970, should be included.

The club is celebrating its anniversary with a dinner at the Deanwater Hotel in Woodford in December and has produced a new range of polo shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces and baseball caps for members.

For more details on the club’s activities and how to join visit www.marple-uk.co.uk/rambling